Wright’s in good shape for Tour quest

Darren Wright
Darren Wright
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Darren Wright admitted he is pleased with his start to life as a professional golfer but insisted: I need the opportunity to show what I can do.

The former Rowlands Castle amateur took the plunge to enter the paid ranks recently and has already cruised through the first stage of European Tour School, with the next round set to take place in December.

But while Wright waits impatiently for the second hurdle in his quest to secure a Tour card, he is competing in various European feeder tour events to gain experience and pick up some useful pay cheques.

Wright said: ‘I’ve got off to a nice start.

‘I’ve made all the cuts and I’ve shot under par in all of the tournaments I’ve played.

‘But I’m hoping I may get a start in a European Tour event before the end of the season through my management company.

‘I don’t have the standing on any tour yet but I just need the opportunity to play.

‘I went to Germany and finished seventh in an EDP event.

‘I’ve just been out to Madrid to play on the Alps Tour and played well to shoot six-under par but only finished 30th. The winner shot 18 under so it tells you the standard.

‘Even though I am playing on feeder tours at the moment, it’s all good experience.

‘Basically, I just want to get as much playing experience and competitive golf as possible.

‘Everyone has to start somewhere.’

It’s a refreshing outlook from the former England amateur star.

But as well as a more lucrative forthcoming event in Germany, Wright remains focused on his next Tour School appearance.

He said: ‘I went to the first stage of Tour School and finished tied first – so technically, that’s a win!

‘But that just gets me through to the second stage.

‘I went there last year for a bit of experience and not really knowing what to expect.

‘I probably went with the wrong mindset, thinking I had to shoot way under par when I probably only needed to play steady golf. I will be better prepared this time around.

‘I’m off to Germany again for the tour championship of the EDP Tour and there is a bit more money available in that one.’

While Wright attempts to join Europe’s elite, Sam Hutsby also looks like he will have to try his luck at Tour School again.

Currently 40th in the Challenge Tour rankings, the former Lee-on-the-Solent ace needs to finish in the top 20 to secure automatic qualification to next year’s European Tour.

But that is looking increasingly unlikely with the season coming to an end in the next few weeks.

He was tied 32nd in his latest tournament in Toulouse, which saw him earn just over 1,000 euros.